Category Archives: Divorce or Dissolution

Divorce vs. Dissolution: When Divorce Should Be Your Choice

dissolutionWhen to Choose Divorce (Instead of Dissolution)

Dissolution can be a great way to terminate a marriage, while keeping costs low, but it is not recommended in all situations.  Divorce should be the process pursued instead of divorce in the [Read the full post. . .]

How Long Will My Ohio Divorce Take?

Duration of Divorce: All Depends on Cooperationdivorce

You can get married in a minute, but ending the marriage will take a little longer.  How long will your process last? – The best way to answer this question is to [Read the full post. . .]

Temporary Restraining Order – A TRO Explained

What is a temporary restraining order?temporary restraining order

A temporary restraining order is a short-term, pre-trial, temporary injunction ordered by the court at the beginning of a divorce action.  The order is issued to protect both parties from immediate irreparable harm that [Read the full post. . .]

Allocation of Parental Rights & Responsibilities (Custody in Ohio)

morguefile picAllocations of parental rights and responsibilities formerly referred to as “custody” are made in all divorces, dissolutions and legal separation where there are minor children that are not the subject of another court’s orders. Allocations are made consistent [Read the full post. . .]

Summer Vacation and Divorce–Communication is Key!

Summer Vacation

When going through divorce, a summer vacation with your kids can be a needed retreat: just cover your bases with good communication.

This is the time of year when hopefully the sun is around more, the flowers begin to appear, [Read the full post. . .]

Should I Pay Child Support Directly to My Ex-Spouse?

In my practice, I receive a lot of questions involving child support daily.  One of the most common questions I receive is as follows:  “Should I pay support directly to my spouse?” A similar question: “Why should I [Read the full post. . .]

Valuing Marital Assets Accurately–Extremely IMPORTANT!!


One of the most important aspects of your divorce (besides custody of your children, of course) is to have correct valuations of marital assets.  Your attorney has the very important job of investigating, valuating, and objectively inventorying all [Read the full post. . .]

Divorce and Children: How to Talk to Your Child About Divorce

Think before you speak!  – Divorce and Childrendivorce and children

Divorce and children are a complicated, emotional pair.  Nothing weighs more on divorcing parents’ minds then how the divorce will affect their children.  Many parents stay with a spouse they are no [Read the full post. . .]

Common Law Marriage in Ohio

What constitutes a Common Law marriage here in Ohio?  A common law marriage entered into before October 10, 1991 constitutes a valid, legal marriage in Ohio.  However, after October 10, 1991, new common law marriages are prohibited.  The essential elements [Read the full post. . .]

What constitutes Separate Property in Ohio?


Separate Property is defined as all real and personal property, and any interest in real or personal property that is found by the court to be any of the following:

  1. An inheritance by one spouse by bequest, devise, or
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